Speeches

Address in Reply - adjourned debate on motion for adoption (cont. from 10 May 2018)

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:55): In supporting the passage of the motion to note the Governor's speech, I wish to place on record my grateful thanks to the way in which His Excellency undertakes his work across this state. He and Mrs Le visit many parts of this state, but are also very gracious hosts to many people in the community who have never had a chance to visit Government House.

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Suicide Prevention

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:41): I rise to speak briefly about some recent events that I have participated in as the Premier's Advocate for Suicide Prevention. On 24 May, I was pleased toattend the South-East Suicide Prevention Network of Networks Conference held at the historic Woolshed in Glencoe, which is a property very proudly owned and maintained by the National Trust.

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Bhutanese Community

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:32): Last Friday and Saturday were very big days for the Bhutanese community in South Australia and beyond. On last Friday, the second Australian Bhutanese Conference was commenced at the Adelaide Festival Centre. I was very pleased to attend the opening ceremony, where the chief guest was the Hon. Chief Justice Chris Kourakis. I was delighted that the Hon. Jing Lee was there and spoke, representing the Premier and the government of South Australia. Also in attendance at the opening ceremony were the members for Badcoe and Reynell from the other place.

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Country Press SA Awards

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:26): I rise today to speak about the Country Press SA Awards held in the Adelaide Convention Centre on 23 February this year. The awards were hosted by the Country Press SA President, Mr Ian Osterman from The Courier at Mount Barker, and the MC for the evening was Darren Robinson from The Leader at Angaston.

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Criminal Law (Sentencing) (Mandatory Imprisonment for Serious Domestic Violence Offenders) Amendment Bill

Adjourned debate on second reading.

(Continued from 18 October 2017.)

The Hon. M.C. PARNELL (19:47): I wish to make a brief contribution on the second reading of this bill, which requires that a person who has been convicted of a serious domestic violence offence as an adult or a youth will be subjected to a mandatory sentence of imprisonment for at least two years, and this sentence cannot be suspended. The scourge of domestic violence is something that we have discussed many times in this place. It is also something that many of us have experienced as we gather out on the steps of parliament with red roses each time a person is killed at the hands of an intimate partner. We know that more now than one woman per week is killed.

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Police (Drug Testing) Amendment Bill

Adjourned debate on second reading.

(Continued from 19 October 2017.)

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (12:41):  I rise on behalf of Liberal members to speak on the Police (Drug Testing) Amendment Bill and to say that the opposition will be supporting the bill. On 27 September this year, the government introduced this bill into the lower house. It was handled there on behalf of the Liberal Party by the shadow minister for police, the member for Schubert. In short, the bill will amend the Police Act 1998. It will, firstly, allow police, police cadets and those applying to be police cadets to be tested for any drug listed in the Controlled Substances Act 1984 and, secondly, change the definition of 'drug screening test' and provide a new definition of 'oral fluid analysis'.

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Family Relationships (Surrogacy) Amendment Bill

Adjourned debate on second reading.

(Continued from 18 October 2017.)

The Hon. T.A. FRANKS (17:47): I rise on behalf of the Greens to support the Family Relationships (Surrogacy) Amendment Bill 2017, and thank the Hon. John Dawkins, on behalf of those many constituents he serves, for his persistence in the face of extreme adversity. This bill, of course, follows on from the honourable member's previous bills but I note, in particular, the Family Relationships (Surrogacy) Amendment Bill 2014, which was assented to on 16 July 2015 but which is yet to come into operation. It is extraordinary, the glacial pace at which our wheels of government are moving on this issue.

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Yamba Quarantine Station

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:42): I rise today to highlight the 60th anniversary of the Yamba quarantine station and the critical role it has played in South Australia. I note that the member for Chaffey in another place is marking this anniversary with a motion in the House of Assembly.

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Family Relationships (Surrogacy) Amendment Bill

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (21:24): Obtained leave and introduced a bill for an act to amend the Family Relationships Act 1975, and to make related amendments to the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 1988 and the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1996. Read a first time.

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South Australian Country Shows

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:37): I rise today to speak about the spring season of South Australian Country Shows, which commences this weekend with both the Crystal Brook show on Saturday the 12th and the Port Lincoln show on the 13th. The following weekend, 19 and 20 August, will see both the Kadina and Whyalla shows conducted. Then on 26 and 27 August, the show I have probably been to more than any other, the Gawler show, will be held, with horses in action the previous day.

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